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Wow! Lenexa City Center Library time-lapse

We placed a camera in a window of the Lenexa City Hall Communications office. It overlooks the site of the Lenexa City Center Library construction. For over 8 months we have captured the progress of our newest Library from an empty lot to what you see today. Take 5 minutes and watch this building take shape before your eyes. We're sure you'll say: "Wow!"

We placed a camera in a window of the Lenexa City Hall Communications office. It overlooks the site of the Lenexa City Center Library construction. For over 8 months we have captured the progress of our newest Library from an empty lot to what you see today. Take 5 minutes and watch this building take shape before your eyes. We're sure you'll say: "Wow!"

Art Views event

Tonight @ Central: Art ViewsArt Views: Creativity and Culture in Kansas City

Artists of color, immigrant or refugee artists, LGBTQ artists, artists working through mental health struggles all bring unique perspectives to the discussion of culture and creativity. No Divide KC presents a new documentary featuring local artists who represent multiple facets of our metro community. This feature-length film explores the motivations behind and the rewards gleaned from creating artistic work through the varied lenses of these artists.

The featured participants use their creative output for different reasons. Some are professionals in their field, some are politically motivated and others discover and preserve cultural connections via art. Three exhibitions, at different library branches, feature artwork from the participants while the video segments are on display. Join us for a reception with live performances, talkback and a screening of an excerpt from the film.

Artists of color, immigrant or refugee artists, LGBTQ artists, artists working through mental health struggles all bring unique perspectives to the discussion of culture and creativity. No Divide KC presents a new documentary featuring local artists who represent multiple facets of our metro community. This feature-length film explores the motivations behind and the rewards gleaned from creating artistic work through the varied lenses of these artists.

The featured participants use their creative output for different reasons. Some are professionals in their field, some are politically motivated and others discover and... Continue »

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Central Resource Library
  • Stowers Institute
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  • Stowers Institute
    Stowers Institute Stowers Institute

Stowers Institute: Scientific Microimaging

Monday, Oct 1, 2018 to Friday, Dec 21, 2018 at Lackman Building

Stowers researchers pursue basic biomedical research using model organisms to uncover fundamental knowledge about living systems and enable the application of those insights to improve human health. Often, science and art intersect in stunning visual displays.  While scientific images convey valuable data to researchers, their simple beauty may transcend the information they contain and transform them into objects of art.  This exhibition represents the transformation of data into art.

Stowers researchers pursue basic biomedical research using model organisms to uncover fundamental knowledge about living systems and enable the application of those insights to improve human health. Often, science and art intersect in stunning visual displays.  While scientific images convey valuable data to researchers, their simple beauty may transcend the information they contain and transform them into objects of art.  This exhibition represents the transformation of data into art.

Cedar Roe READ winner

READ Poster Winner

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading, and this is our winner for Cedar Roe! Look how proud he looks!

Each of our locations draws a name from the pool of kids who participated in Summer Reading, and this is our winner for Cedar Roe! Look how proud he looks!

Never Too Old For Stories

Never Too Old For Stories

You're never too old to listen to a good story. Storyteller Christine Henderson shares her favorite folktales, fairy tales and tall tales. Best for ages 2 years and up with a caregiver, and fun for the whole family.

Space is limited for this popular program, so arrive early for your seat.

You're never too old to listen to a good story. Storyteller Christine Henderson shares her favorite folktales, fairy tales and tall tales. Best for ages 2 years and up with a caregiver, and fun for the whole family.

Space is limited for this popular program, so arrive early for your seat.

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Corinth Library
Silent Book Group

Shhhh! Silent Book GroupSilent Book Group

Silent Book Group invites you to bring your own book and spend time reading with others. No book assignment or discussion. It's book group fun minus the pressure. A librarian will be present to recommend new titles for you. The Silent Book Group meets at Groundhouse Coffee, 103 S. Elm St., Gardner, KS 66030.

Silent Book Group invites you to bring your own book and spend time reading with others. No book assignment or discussion. It's book group fun minus the pressure. A librarian will be present to recommend new titles for you. The Silent Book Group meets at Groundhouse Coffee, 103 S. Elm St., Gardner, KS 66030.

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Gardner Library , Off-site
The 1954 “All-Electric House” decked out for Christmas, at Johnson County Museum.

Throwback Thursday Mid-Century Christmas

Each year, Johnson County Museum staff transform the All-Electric House’s interior and exterior into a Mid-century Christmas wonderland, placing holiday touches throughout the home that make it appear as though a 1950s family lives there. Christmas cookie cutters in the kitchen. A child’s red velvet dress in the nursery. A Santa hat hanging on the bedpost. And of course, the iconic aluminum Christmas tree, front and center in the living room. Read more and see more at jocohistory >>

Each year, Johnson County Museum staff transform the All-Electric House’s interior and exterior into a Mid-century Christmas wonderland, placing holiday touches throughout the home that make it appear as though a 1950s family lives there. Christmas cookie cutters in the kitchen. A child’s red velvet dress in the nursery. A Santa hat hanging on the bedpost. And of course, the iconic aluminum Christmas tree, front and center in the living room. Read more and see more at jocohistory >>

  • Fractured Fabrics
    Fractured Fabrics Fractured Fabrics
  • Fractured Fabrics
    Fractured Fabrics Fractured Fabrics
  • Fractured Fabrics
    Fractured Fabrics Fractured Fabrics
  • Fractured Fabrics
    Fractured Fabrics Fractured Fabrics
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    Fractured Fabrics Fractured fabrics

Now at Cedar Roe: Fractured FabricsFractured Fabrics

Saturday, Sep 1, 2018 to Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 at Cedar Roe Library

The Fractured Fabric Society (FFS) at Harper's Fabric and Quilt Co. in Downtown Overland Park is a group of non-traditional quilters who meet to share projects, resources and ideas in an encouraging environment. Show and Tell is a major part of the gathering, along with new techniques and topics of interest. In their 14th year, FFS members meet at Harper’s Fabric & Quilt Co. in Downtown Overland Park. Exhibiting artists are JoEl Vogt, Mary Funk, Gayle Baddeley, Mary Kay Fosnacht, Karen Hansen, Kathleen McDaniel, Jackie Stoaks and Cindy Brendzel.

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Introduce the group and tell us a little about the Fractured Fabrics Society.

Fractured Fabrics is a non-traditional art quilting group that meets at the Harpers Quilting and Fabrics store on Santa Fe in downtown Overland Park 4 times a year.

 

Talk about the work that will be on view. What would you like people to know about it?

Each piece is an original work of art designed and constructed by the artist based on their unique vision and inspiration.

 

What’s the most challenging thing about the creative process for art quilting?

The most challenging thing about art quilting is translating a vision into fabric, thread and embellishments and producing a finished piece that engages the viewer.

 

Who are the other KC-area quilters the group looks to for inspiration?

While there are many quilter’s groups in the KC-area Fractured Fabrics is one the few organizations to encourage its members to express themselves with new and innovative techniques.

 

The Fractured Fabric Society (FFS) at Harper's Fabric and Quilt Co. in Downtown Overland Park is a group of non-traditional quilters who meet to share projects, resources and ideas in an encouraging environment. Show and Tell is a major part of the gathering, along with new techniques and topics of interest. In their 14th year, FFS members meet at Harper’s Fabric & Quilt Co. in Downtown Overland Park. Exhibiting artists are JoEl Vogt, Mary Funk, Gayle Baddeley, Mary Kay Fosnacht, Karen Hansen, Kathleen McDaniel, Jackie Stoaks and Cindy Brendzel.

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Introduce the group and tell us a little about the Fractured Fabrics Society.

Fractured Fabrics is a non-traditional... Continue »

Put a Book in a Child's Hands

Today is #GivingTuesday -- which kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This year, your Giving Tuesday gift to the JCL Foundation will directly benefit the Library’s ever-popular Summer Reading Program, and put a book in the hands of a child!

From mid-May until the end of July, Johnson County Library helps combat summer slide by providing a free book to every child who signs up with the reading program. Having books at home is strongly linked with academic achievement. By growing children’s personal libraries and helping them find intrinsic value in reading, the library bridges that summer learning gap and invests in the future of our community.

The Library gave away 18,823 books to kids throughout Johnson County this past summer, in comparison to 15,000 in 2017. And that increase is with no additional locations. With the recent opening of our new Monticello Library, we project 22,000 books will be distributed in summer 2019.

Your gift on this Giving Tuesday will directly support this critical service for kids and their families throughout Johnson County. All donations make a difference, for example, $25 buys 5 books!

And today,  your donation can go even further if you use the donate button on our Foundation's Facebook page

On #GivingTuesday, Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match up to $7 million in donations to eligible US-based nonprofits. Donations made on the Foundation’s Facebook page will be matched, dollar-per-dollar starting at 7 a.m. on November 27 (only) and will continue until matching funds run out.   

Happy Holidays and thank you for your continued support of our mission for lifelong learning.

 

Today is #GivingTuesday -- which kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This year, your Giving Tuesday gift to the JCL Foundation will directly benefit the Library’s ever-popular Summer Reading Program, and put a book in the hands of a child!

From mid-May until the end of July, Johnson County Library helps combat summer slide by providing a free book to every child who signs up with the reading program. Having books at home is strongly linked with academic achievement. By growing children’s personal libraries and helping them find intrinsic value in reading, the library bridges that... Continue »

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You are busy. We get that. We try our best to accommodate your sometimes hectic schedule to make your life super convenient. The Library is on your side!

But what to read? Good question! Not to brag, but this is kinda our thing! Let's find you something good. 

  • Staff Picks. Find out what we recommend. Here you'll find reviews by librarians of titles in every format we carry! You can browse by category and tags.
  • Find out the latest hub-bub with the most recent user-submitted ratings and reviews.
  • New season, so check out all of our new titles.
  • Only have time for the best of the best? We get you. We have all the books that win awards.
  • What about bestsellers? Sure. We've always got those too.
  • Need to be motivated by other readers? Join a book group!    

Your Library Card is a powerful thing!
 

You are busy. We get that. We try our best to accommodate your sometimes hectic schedule to make your life super convenient. The Library is on your side!

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